Capital Region Lawmakers Demand ABA For All Federal Employees

WASHINGTON, DC (March 6, 2013) -- A bipartisan group of 11 Members of Congress from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia are urging a federal agency to make insurance coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) available to all 8 million federal employees, dependents and retirees, the nation's largest single workforce.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which manages the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program, advised the FEHB's 230 participating health plans last year that they could begin offering ABA coverage, but only 67 did so. None of them operate in the Capital Region of Maryland, northern Virginia or the District of Columbia where the bulk of federal employees reside.

A group of 11 House members led by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), left,  sent a joint letter to OPM Director John Berry to work with all of FEHB's local providers to include ABA coverage.

"We applaud (last year's) decision to reclassify ABA as a medical therapy covered under FEHB," the letter said. "At the same time, we are disappointed that families in many areas around the country, including our own, are not benefitting from this decision. All federal workers, not just a fortunate few, should have plans that cover ABA."

In addition to Moran, the letter was signed by Representatives Frank Wolf, Bobby Scott, Rob Wittman and Gerry Connolly from Virginia; Representatives Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, John Sarbanes and Donna Edwards from Maryland; and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton representing the District of Columbia.

To learn more about this year's FEHB coverage, go here